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gotta

attempt to represent the casual pronunciation of got to, attested from 1885.

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gotta

contraction 1 (context informal English) (contraction of got to English) 2 (context informal English) (contraction of got a English)

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Gotta

Gotta may refer to:

  • a relaxed pronunciation of got to,have to, indicating obligation, compulsion
  • a panchayat in Hiramandalam mandal, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • another name for urad dal, a type of split lentil used in Indian cooking

Usage examples of "gotta".

I said, you gotta tell me if Melissa Cooley was on any flights yesterday or today.

Now, five grand in oncers might be your life savings, but fifty grand in tenners gotta be incriminating, right?

He keeps saying I gotta stop drinking ouzo or anything else, throw away the cigars and the roast lamb, and steaks, and pilaf and kibbe and any damned thing that tastes good, gotta live on nothing but plain salads and broiled fish and dry chicken meat and skim milkeechh!

The other thing is, you really gotta push him into doing some stuff, especially with the Playoffs coming up.

I gotta get this kitchen clean, the madam will be coming in here afterwhile to cut sandwiches.

I gotta dispossess a Bidonville, give myself a bang of H, piss on the Black Stone, make with the Prayer Call whilst dressed in my hog suit, cancel Lend Lease and get fucked up the ass simultaneous.

You wanta know what happened, you gotta climb in and share some headspace with us.

He keeps saying I gotta stop drinking ouzo or anything else, throw away the cigars and the roast lamb, and steaks, and pilaf and kibbe and any damned thing that tastes good, gotta live on nothing but plain salads and broiled fish and dry chicken meat and skim milkeechh!

So what we gotta do is give the planet a nice organic mudpack, a free trip to the Betty Ford, and a good stiff high colonic?

Gotta stick around, you know, with the door wide open, in case any saphead reformers breeze in.

I was tellin Miss Susanna, I gotta be in court to testify against Elias Packard this mornin.

You gotta assume that the bad guys will be talking back and forth now.

I gotta use one of them green lightboxes and risk goddamn cancer of the eyeballs.

And then, because you gotta have entertainment at these shindigs, you know what she suggested--?

I gotta go all the way back to the air lock, put a man in a spacesuit, wait till he vacs the lock, wait till he matches hub spin, goes out, gets the charges, matches spin again, waits for the air pumps, and hands me the tanks like a good little boy!